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I need to install several OSes on the same disk, thus I'd like to put all my FC3 partitions in an extended partition. But when I use the standard install program (i.e. DiskDruid in the manual mode), it seems I cannot choose the type of partition to create (among primary and extented), and the net result is that I end up with 3 primary partitions (/, /boot and swap), which only allow me for an additional OS install.
To try to answer, yes, at some point during the Fedora install program, I've the option to Automatically Partition the HD or to Manually Partition it with DiskDruid. I choose Manually, and end up with a GUI front end on DiskDruid, which does not allow me to choose between Primary and Extended / Logical partition. The only option I've at that point is to force the use of a primary partition (which I unchecked), but still Fedora install creates primary partitions.
In addition to this, I'm on a barebone PC, without floppy drive: thus I couldn't find a proper way to avoir Fedora install program to spawn 3 primary partitions (/, /boot and swap).
I guess I found 'a' solution by opposition to 'the' solution: I used a Debian install boot CD to use a the included disk partitionner, and created my partition set (several primary + several logical). Then, I rebooted with the FC3 install boot CD, and just used the partitions I created.
The sad thing about this is that FC3 setup proposes to create logical (or extended) partition only after 3 partitions (always primary) have been created and when using the radio button 'use up to xxx MB".
I don't want to start a flaming there, nor a holy war, but sincerely, this is not very "user friendy", and Debian or Windows are doing a much better job at that. I'm looking forward 6/6 to be able to install FC4 release.
Anyway, thanks a bunch to all of you, and I hope this solution will help others.
reddazz, I'm interested to know where the option is located, since I spent quite a good amount of time in the DiskDruid screen, and gave it several shots, without finding the option. If you can spot it to me, I'd be grateful.
Take a look at the documentation here . I usually create a primary partition for my root (/) directory and an extended with logical partitions or everything else. If you don't select the partition to be a primary partition, then it should be created as logical partition (unless the installer has somehow changed with time). Mandriva does something similar, it creates a primary root (/) partition and then logical partitions for everything else.